A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that NHL 14 is a pro hockey simulation that has some violence -- just like the real sport -- including body checks and fistfights on the ice. The game also supports full voice support in multiplayer matches, therefore online gamers might hear swearing or other inappropriate words or phrases.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
As with most annual sports games, it's tough to see a major difference every year. Unless you're a huge fan of the franchise and want the latest team rosters and new features, you might want to wait every 2 or 3 years before buying into a new NHL game to really see major changes. This year's version is it's a faster and more aggressive game and the controls have been tweaked to offer greater dexterity and movement (for example, the left stick and one button lets you easily deke opponents). While it's a great idea, the NHL 94 Anniversary mode isn't as much fun to play despite the old-school graphics, 16-bit sounds, and faster gameplay. Overall, NHL 14 isn't a bad hockey game at all -- in fact, it's fun, good looking, and has a number of solo and multiplayer modes -- but it's just not very different than last year's game, despite the marketing efforts to convince you otherwise.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: EA Sports
- Release date: September 10, 2013
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Great Boy Role Models
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Violence.
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